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    January 19, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Power of the Word
    I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical
    creation of Beauty. — EDGAR ALLAN POE

    A word to the wise is enough, and many words
    won’t fill a bushel. — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


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    January 18, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Power of the Word

    The Sower soweth the word. — ST. MARK

    Not and act which is not a development and extension of the vivifying
    power of the WORD. — CLAUDE de SAINT-MARTIN


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    January 17, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Unity and Polarity

    That which makes for evil can be turned into that which makes for good;
    that which makes for destructiveness can be turned into that which makes for constructiveness; that which makes for separation and selfishness can be turned into that which makes for unity and selflessness.

    — ROBERT CROSBIE


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    January 16, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Unity and Polarity
    In time Unity will perfect the spaces,
    And in Unity each one will attain himself.
    — EVANGELIUM VERITATIS

    And all real unity commences
    In consciousness of differences
    That have wants to satisfy
    And each a power to supply.
    — W.H. AUDEN


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    January 15, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Unity and Polarity
    Harmony does not come through likeness. harmony comes from a balancing of diversities, and discord from any effort to make harmony by force. — W.Q. JUDGE

    We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love; we must meet
    physical force with soul force. — MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.


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    “. . . the essence of Theosophy is the perfect harmonizing of the divine with the human in man, the adjustment of his god-like qualities and aspirations, and their sway over the terrestrial or animal passions in him. Kindness, absence of every ill feeling or selfishness, charity, goodwill to all beings, and perfect justice to others as to oneself, are its chief features. He who teaches Theosophy preaches the gospel of goodwill; and the converse of this is true also — he who preaches the gospel of goodwill, teaches Theosophy.”

    — H.P. Blavatsky, Letters to the American Conventions


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    January 14, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Unity and Polarity

    When we look outside of that on which we depend, we ignore our unity;
    looking outward we see many faces; look inward and all is the one head.
    — PLOTINUS

    To affirm life is to deepen, to make more inward, and
    to exalt the will to live. — ALBERT SCHWEITZER


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    “The Secret Doctrine is the accumulated Wisdom of the Ages, and its cosmogony alone is the most stupendous and elaborate system: e.g., even in the exotericism of the Puranas. But such is the mysterious power of Occult symbolism, that the facts which have actually occupied countless generations of initiated seers and prophets to marshal, to set down and explain, in the bewildering series of evolutionary progress, are all recorded on a few pages of geometrical signs and glyphs. The flashing gaze of those seers has penetrated into the very kernel of matter, and recorded the soul of things there, where an ordinary profane, however learned, would have perceived but the external work of form. But modern science believes not in the “soul of things,” and hence will reject the whole system of ancient cosmogony. It is useless to say that the system in question is no fancy of one or several isolated individuals. That it is the uninterrupted record covering thousands of generations of Seers whose respective experiences were made to test and to verify the traditions passed orally by one early race to another, of the teachings of higher and exalted beings, who watched over the childhood of Humanity. That for long ages, the “Wise Men” of the Fifth Race, of the stock saved and rescued from the last cataclysm and shifting of continents, had passed their lives in learning, not teaching. How did they do so? It is answered: by checking, testing, and verifying in every department of nature the traditions of old by the independent visions of great adepts; i.e., men who have developed and perfected their physical, mental, psychic, and spiritual organisations to the utmost possible degree. No vision of one adept was accepted till it was checked and confirmed by the visions — so obtained as to stand as independent evidence — of other adepts, and by centuries of experiences.”

    — H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, Vol I, pp. 272-73


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    January 12, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Unity and Polarity

    He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens
    our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. — EDMUND BURKE

    Polarity is universal, but the polariser lies in
    our own consciousness. — H.P. BLAVATSKY

    The harmony of nature consists in symphonious
    discord. — D.K. MAVALANKAR


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    January 11, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Unity and Polarity

    By the pure mind alone the Atman is to be seen. There is
    no duality in it. — BRIHADARANYAKA UPANISHAD

    The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervour with measure,
    passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal. — WILLIAM JAMES


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    January 3, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Promethean Resolve

    Let us resolve one thing; resolve to know; think
    right, and do right. — ROBERT CROSBIE

    Good resolutions are mind-painted pictures of good
    deeds: fancies, day-dreams, whisperings of the Buddhi
    to the Manas. — MAHATMA K. H.


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    January 9, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Promethean Resolve
    Wherever a grass grows,
    Or a leaf buds, The Eternal Man is seen, is heard, is felt,
    And all his sorrows, till he reassumes his ancient bliss.
    — WILLIAM BLAKE


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    January 8, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Promethean Resolve
    This will I do, who have a realm to lose,
    Because I love my realm, because my heart
    Beats with each throb of all the hearts that ache,
    Known and unknown, these that are mine and those
    Which shall be mine, a thousand million more
    Saved by this sacrifice I offer now.
    — SIR EDWIN ARNOLD


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    January 6, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Guru Nanak

    Give me my robe, put on my crown, I have
    Immortal longings in me.
    — WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

    All of us stand on the breach today. We are stationed at the
    frontier. The frontier is everywhere. — CHARLES PÉGUY


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    January 5, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Guru Nanak
    AUM. Lead me from the unreal to the Real.
    Lead me from darkness to Light.
    Lead me from death to Immortality.
    — BRIHADARANYAKA UPANISHAD

    In longing for your giant self lies your goodness: and
    that longing is in all of you. — KAHLIL GIBRAN


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    January 3, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Promethean Resolve

    Through faith in the Guru, the True Self is known. — GURU NANAK

    You cannot invoke the Divine Witness with impunity. — H.P. BLAVATSKY

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    January 4 , 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Promethean Resolve

    We will take our plan
    From the new world of man,
    And our work shall be called the
    Promethean.
    — PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY

    If I have done the public any
    service, it is due to patient thought.
    — ISAAC NEWTON

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    January 3, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Guru Nanak

    In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods
    than in doing good to their fellow men. — CICERO

    If we look into the future, is it not a heritage that we have to leave to
    posterity, that all the different races commingle and produce a civilization that perhaps the world has not yet seen? — M.K. GANDHI


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    January 2 , 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Guru Nanak

    We will take our plan
    From the new world of man,
    And our work shall be called the Promethean.
    — PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY

    You cannot build a Temple of Truth by hammering dead stones. Its
    foundations must precipitate themselves like crystals from the solution of life.— Aquarian Axiom


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    January 1, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Guru Nanak
    Avert thy face from world deceptions; mistrust thy senses;
    they are false. — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE

    If we begin to think aright, we give direction to that spiritual force
    which is the very essence of our nature. — ROBERT CROSBIE

    DRUID MISTLETOE FESTIVAL
    GANTAN-SAI (Shinto New Year)
    Discovery of Ceres asteroid (Piazzi) 1801
    Emancipation Proclamation (Lincoln) 1863


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    December 31, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Guru Nanak

    He who is perfected in devotion findeth spiritual knowledge springing
    up spontaneously in himself in the progress of time. — SHRI KRISHNA

    The great and peaceful ones live regenerating the world
    like the coming of the Spring. — SHANKARACHARYA


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    December 30, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Guru Nanak
    When Thou, my Expectation, are not near,
    Each moment is and age of grief and fear;
    But while I may behold and hear thee, all
    My days are glad, and life’s a festival.
    — AL-NURI

    Selfless work leads to self-knowledge. — SHRI RAMANA MAHARSHI


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    December 28, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Guru Nanak
    Through faith in the Guru, the True Self is known. — GURU NANAK

    You cannot invoke the Divine Witness with impunity. — H.P. BLAVATSKY


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    December 28, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Guru Nanak

    Grasp, you cannot touch It,
    It is Non-Being.
    — TAO TE CHING

    Recognize the marks of the friend of humanity. — COUNT CAGLIOSTRO


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    December 26, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Religion of Solidarity
    The Sower soweth the Word. — ST. MARK

    Thoughts that breathe, and words that burn. — THOMAS GRAY


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    December 25, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Religion of Solidarity
    Even though myself unborn, of changeless essence, and
    the lord of all existence, yet in presiding over nature —
    which is mine — I am born but through my own maya, the
    mystic power of self-ideation, the eternal thought in the
    eternal mind. — SHRI KRISHNA

    As above so it is below, as in heaven
    so on earth. — H.P. BLAVATSKY


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    December 24, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Religion of Solidarity

    You should come outside the realm of self
    And enter into the veil of Divine Unity.
    For when you go beyond asking when and why,
    Leaving the self, you enter without why and when.
    — MAS’UD BAKK

    The pursuit of perfection is the pursuit of sweetness
    and light. — MATTHEW ARNOLD


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    December 23, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Religion of Solidarity
    I bow to Thee, O Thou blissful SELF. I bow to Thee, O Secrets of secrets. Thou art beyond all thought and limitation. Thou art without beginning and without end. I bow to Thee. — MAITRAYANA UPANISHAD


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    December 22, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Religion of Solidarity

    There is a conscious solidarity of the universe towards the intuition of which we must struggle, that it may become to us, not a logical abstraction, but a felt and living fact. — EDWARD BELLAMY


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    December 21, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Religion of Solidarity

    Common be your wishes,
    Your hearts in concord,
    Your intentions in concord,
    Perfect be the union amongst you.
    — RIG VEDA


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    December 20, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Imagination and Fantasy

    And, if thou canst not worship steadfastly,
    Work for Me, toil in works pleasing to Me.
    — SHRI KRISHNA

    If there is purification, consciousness is transferred from Upadhi to Upadhi, until at last it is united to that of Bhagavan.

    — BHAVANI SHANKAR


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    December 19, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Imagination and Fantasy
    Thus living from moment to moment, hour to hour, life will be seen as a portion of a great web of action and reaction, intermeshed at every point, and connected with the Soul which provided the energy that sustained it. If each event is so considered throughout the day, be it small or great, the power to guide and control your energies will in no long time be yours. — ROBERT CROSBIE

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    December 18, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Suffering and Its Solvent
    As soon as the sun rises and engulfs heaven and earth in its golden rays, the flower becomes invisible; but hardly does the sun set, and the star, piercing a corner of the dark horizon, makes its appearance, than the flower hails it with joy, plays with its silvery rays, and absorbs with long breaths its mellow glow.
    — H.P. BLAVATSKY


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    December 17, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Self-Regeneration

    Though earth and water have cast their veil upon us,
    We retain faint reminiscences of these heavenly songs.
    — JALALUDDIN RUMI

    All the wonders of Magic are performed by
    Imagination and Faith. — PARACELSUS


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    December 16, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Self-Regeneration
    To be grateful in the world, and to wish happiness for everyone. This is greater and better than every good work. — DINA-I MAINOG-I KHIRAD

    Only Karuna (compassion) is critical in the beginning,
    the middle and the end. — TSONG KHA-PA


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    December 15, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Self-Regeneration

    Alas! when once thou hast become like the pure snow in mountain vales, coldand unfeeling to the touch, warm and protective to the seed that sleepeth beneath its bosom — ’tis now that snow which must receive the biting frost, the northern blasts, thus shielding from their sharp and cruel tooth the earth that holds the promised harvest, the harvest that will feed the hungry.
    — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE


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    December 14, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Self-Regeneration

    Better than an unrestrained life of a hundred years of ignorance is the
    short life of a single day of the wise man who meditates. — BUDDHA

    Put without delay your Soul intentions into practice. — H.P. BLAVATSKY


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    December 13, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Imagination and Fantasy

    He alone knows how to revere who never confounds the dignity of those he honours, who offers himself first as a pure sacrifice, who renders his soul the image of Deity and who prepares his mind as a temple worthy to receive the divine light.
    — HIEROCLES


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    December 12, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Imagination and Fantasy
    And as we cease to feel the need to assert our will over others, so, inwardly, we are less and less under the necessity of denying any of our faculties. We are free to let life, in all the subtle magic of its serenely changeful being, come to us through them. — HUGH I’ANSON FAUSSET


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    December 11, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Suffering and Its Solvent
    As soon as the sun rises and engulfs heaven and earth in its golden rays, the flower becomes invisible; but hardly does the sun set, and the star, piercing a corner of the dark horizon, makes its appearance, than the flower hails it with joy, plays with its silvery rays, and absorbs with long breaths its mellow glow.
    — H.P. BLAVATSKY

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    December 10, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Imagination and Fantasy

    True perception is true knowledge. Perception is the capacity of the soul; it is the sight of the higher intelligence whose vision never errs. And that can be best exercised in true serenity of mind. — D.K. MAVALANKAR


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    December 9, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Imagination and Fantasy
    The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed. The soul
    unfolds itself like a lotus of countless petals. — KAHLIL GIBRAN

    The mind is its own place, and in itself
    Can make a Heav’n of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n.
    — JOHN MILTON


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    December 8, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Imagination and Fantasy
    In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong; honor that; rejoice in it; and, as you can, try to imitate it; and your faults will drop off, like dead leaves when their time comes. — JOHN RUSKIN


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    December 7, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Imagination and Fantasy
    That low man seeks a little thing to do,
    Sees it and does it:
    This high man, with a great thing to pursue,
    Dies ere he knows it.
    — ROBERT BROWNING

    The moment of choice exists all the time for
    every individual. — ROBERT CROSBIE


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    From the writings of H. P. Blavatsky
    Definitions from the Theosophical Glossary
    Emanation, the Doctrine of. In its metaphysical meaning, it is opposed to Evolution, yet one with it. Science teaches that evolution is physiologically a mode of generation in which the germ that develops the foetus pre-exists already in the parent, the development and final form and characteristics of that germ being accomplished in nature; and that in cosmology the process takes place blindly through the correlation of the elements, and their various compounds. Occultism answers that this is only the apparent mode, the real process being Emanation, guided by intelligent Forces under an immutable Law. Therefore, while the Occultists and Theosophists believe thoroughly in the doctrine of Evolution as given out by Kapila and Manu, they are Emanationists rather than Evolutionists. The doctrine of Emanation was at one time universal. It was taught by the Alexandrian as well as by the Indian philosophers, by the Egyptian, the Chaldean and Hellenic Hierophants, and also by the Hebrews (in their Kabbala, and even in Genesis). For it is only owing to deliberate mistranslation that the Hebrew word asdt has been translated “angels” from the Septuagint, when it means Emanations, Æons, precisely as with the Gnostics. Indeed, in Deuteronomy (xxxiii., 2) the word asdt or ashdt is translated as” fiery law”, whilst the correct rendering of the passage should be “from his right hand went [not a fiery law, but] a fire according to law”; viz., that the fire of one flame is imparted to, and caught up by another like as in a trail of inflammable substance. This is precisely emanation. As shown in Isis Unveiled: “In Evolution, as it is now beginning to he understood, there is supposed to be in all matter an impulse to take on a higher form—a supposition clearly expressed by Manu and other Hindu philosophers of the highest antiquity. The philosopher’s tree illustrates it in the case of the zinc solution. The controversy between the followers of this school and the Emanationists may he briefly stated thus The Evolutionist stops all inquiry at the borders of “the Unknowable”; the Emanationist believes that nothing can be evolved—or, as the word means, unwombed or born—except it has first been involved, thus indicating that life is from a spiritual potency above the whole.”

    Evolution. The development of higher orders of animals from lower. As said in Isis Unveiled: “Modern Science holds but to a one-sided physical evolution, prudently avoiding and ignoring the higher or spiritual evolution, which would force our contemporaries to confess the superiority of the ancient philosophers and psychologists over themselves. The ancient sages, ascending to the unknowable, made their starting-point from the first manifestation of the unseen, the unavoidable, and, from a strictly logical reasoning, the absolutely necessary creative Being, the Demiurgos of the universe. Evolution began with them from pure spirit, which descending lower and lower down, assumed at last a visible and comprehensible form, and became matter. Arrived at this point, they speculated in the Darwinian method, but on a far more large and comprehensive basis.” (See “Emanation”.)

    Rings and Rounds. Terms employed by Theosophists in explanation of Eastern cosmogony. They are used to denote the various evolutionary cycles in the Elemental, Mineral, &c., Kingdoms, through which the Monad passes on any one globe, the term Round being used only to denote the cyclic passage of the Monad round the complete chain of seven globes. Generally speaking, Theosophists use the term ring as a synonym of cycles, whether cosmic, geological, metaphysical or any other.


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    It is written in an old book on the Occult Sciences: “Gupta Vidya (Secret Science) is an attractive sea, but stormy and full of rocks. The navigator who risks himself thereon, if he be not wise and full of experience, (1) will be swallowed up, wrecked upon one of the thousand submerged reefs. Great billows, in color like sapphires, rubies and emeralds, billows full of beauty and mystery, will overtake him, ready to bear the voyager away towards other and numberless lights that burn in every direction. But these are will-o’-the-wisps, lighted by the sons of Kaliya (2) for the destruction of those who thirst for life. Happy are they who remain blind to these false deceivers; more happy still those who never turn their eyes from the only true Beacon-light, whose eternal flame burns in solitude in the depths of the waters of the Sacred Science. Numberless are the pilgrims who desire to enter those waters; very few are the strong swimmers who reach the Light. He who gets there must have ceased to be a number, and have become all numbers. He must have forgotten the illusion of separation, and have accepted only the truth of collective individuality (3). He must see with the ears, hear with the eyes, (4) understand the language of the rainbow, and have concentrated his six senses in his seventh sense.”

    The Beacon Light of the Unknown: HPB


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    The ancient occult axiom, “Man, know thyself,” is familiar to all; but very few have apprehended the real meaning of the Delphic Oracle. We think we know our earthly pedigree when we have looked at the genealogical family-tree; science thinks it knows the physical pedigree of man and humanity, having traced his form from the protoplasm, and its growth from savagery. Neither the modern philosopher, nor the scientist, has traced the links of heredity, psychic, intellectual and spiritual; in the absence of that knowledge, it is not surprising and is very natural, that the modern estimate of the human form is altogether a mistaken one.

    For all practical purposes, either of self-growth or of altruistic service, such knowledge is absolutely requisite. The intimate connection between the body, mind-soul and spirit of man has to be perceived; for then only can follow the perception of the relationship, nay the identity, which subsists between him and the triple Universe of Spirit, Intelligence, and Matter. There is an indissoluble union between man and the universe. The two are but the dual aspects of the One Substance-Principle — Absoluteness in its non-manifested aspect and Eternal Motion of the Great Breath in manifestation.

    BP Wadia Studies in the Secret Doctrine: What is Man?


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    December 6, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Suffering and Its Solvent

    If want, sorrow or pain come to one, why resist or cry out? In the resistance or war against them we create greater evils. Coming to one’s self, they should have little weight, while at the same time they carry invaluable lessons in their hands.
    — W.Q. JUDGE


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    December 4, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Suffering and Its Solvent
    Life is built up by the sacrifice of the individual to the whole. Each cell in the living body must sacrifice itself to the perfection of the whole; when it is otherwise, disease and death enforce the lesson. — Aquarian Axiom

    The test of a jnani is whether his difficulties appear light
    to him. — 68th KANCHI SHANKARACHARYA


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    December 4, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Suffering and Its Solvent
    Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
    Is our destined end or way;
    But to act, that each tomorrow
    Find us farther than today.
    — HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

    The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in
    us long before it happens. — RAINER MARIA RILKE


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    December 3, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Suffering and Its Solvent

    Does the road wind uphill all the way?
    Yes to the very end.
    Will the day’s journey take the whole long day?
    From morn to night, my friend.
    — CHRISTINA ROSSETTI


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    December 2, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Suffering and Its Solvent
    Say not the struggle naught availeth,
    The labour and the wounds are vain,
    The enemy faints not, nor faileth,
    And as things have been, things remain.
    — ARTHUR HUGH CLOUGH


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    December 1, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Suffering and Its Solvent
    Have perseverance as one who doth for evermore endure. Thy shadows live and vanish; that which in thee shall live for ever, that which in thee knows, for it is knowledge, is not of fleeting life; it is the Man that was, that is, and will be, for whom the hour shall never strike.

    — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE


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    November 30, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Suffering and Its Solvent
    As the sun never shows darkness to view, so the good
    man never exposes his shadow to sight. — VALMIKI

    Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man,
    but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. — MARK TWAIN


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    November 28, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Meister Eckhart
    When insight is attained, the root of Pure Mind and the activity of the
    phenomenal world are manifest without obstacle, spontaneously showing forth the capability of all things pure and impure. — HUI-SSU

    Energy is eternal delight. — WILLIAM BLAKE


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    November 27, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Meister Eckhart
    Just as fire without fuel abides in its place,
    So the actionless mind abides in its source.
    Manas abides in its place when desire is true.
    — MAITRAYANA UPANISHAD

    In the mint of Truth, a man may coin the Word. — GURU NANAK


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    November 26, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Meister Eckhart

    Mind thus poised and repeatedly searching,

    One gains a diamond-hard understanding,

    A weapon of one hundred unbreakable spikes,

    Which undoubtedly will destroy the mountain of ego.

    — LOSANG KALSANG GYATSO, VII DALAI LAMA


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    November 25, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Meister Eckart
    A thought went up my mind today
    That I have had before,
    But did not finish, –some way back,
    I could not fix the year.
    — EMILY DICKINSON


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    November 24, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Meister Eckhart
    Voidness is free of assertions and negations. — TSONG KHA-PA

    We feel and know that we are eternal. — BENEDICT SPINOZA


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    November 23, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Meister Eckhart
    The action of the Centripetal Force keeps us to our gross forms. And if we have to etherealize ourselves we must supply the Centrifugal Force, which is our WILL. — D.K. MAVALANKAR


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    November 22, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Prajna and Karuna

    Grandeur of character lies wholly in force of soul, that is, in the force of thought, moral principle, and love, and this may be found in the humblest conditions of life.
    — W. HENRY CHANNING


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    November 22, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Prajna and Karuna

    Grandeur of character lies wholly in force of soul, that is, in the force of thought, moral principle, and love, and this may be found in the humblest conditions of life.
    — W. HENRY CHANNING


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    November 21, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Prajna and Karuna
    Their bliss they find in others’ bliss alone:
    And all unknowingly
    They hand to other men the draught immortal.
    — TUKARAM

    Beauty is the depth of the soul. — Sufi Saying


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    November 20, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Prajna and Karuna
    The fair tree of thought without hint of duality
    Branches forth through the three worlds.
    It bears the flower and the fruit of compassion,
    And its name is ‘service of others’.
    — DOHAKOSA

    Real harmony comes with the understanding of human nature and
    the human promise. — TENZIN GYATSO, XIV DALAI LAMA


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    November 20, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Prajna and Karuna
    The fair tree of thought without hint of duality
    Branches forth through the three worlds.
    It bears the flower and the fruit of compassion,
    And its name is ‘service of others’.
    — DOHAKOSA

    Real harmony comes with the understanding of human nature and
    the human promise. — TENZIN GYATSO, XIV DALAI LAMA


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    November 19, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Prajna and Karuna

    With sense-objects gone, Bodhi is perfect and pellucid.
    In pristine purity, its illumination suffuses all,
    And its shining stillness enfolds the great void.
    — SURANGAMA SUTRA


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    November 18, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Prajna and Karuna
    He who gets there must have ceased to be a number, and have become all
    numbers. He must have forgotten the illusion of separation, and accept only thetruth of collective individuality. — H.P. BLAVATSKY

    Magic is the greatest secrecy, for it is above Nature and makes
    Nature after the form of its will. — JACOB BOEHME


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    November 17, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Prajna and Karuna
    We must not run after it, but fit ourselves for the vision and then wait
    tranquilly for its appearance, as the eye waits on the rising of the sun, which in its own time appears above the horizon–out of the ocean, as the poets say–and gives itself to our sight. — PLOTINIUS


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    November 15, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Trident

    Reason is in us what the sun is in the world…As long as our mind shines
    brightly and pursues its appointed course, pouring its noontide beams into every part of the soul, we are within our sober selves and not possessed, but when it comes to set, it is not surprising that the ecstasy and madness of divine possession should fall upon us. — PHILO JUDAEUS


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    November 14, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Trident
    When your task is ended, resume your toil, and
    seek your Lord with all fervour. — QU’RAN

    Those wishing to contemplate withdraw from the public
    light into privacy. — ALBERTUS MAGNUS


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    November 13, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Trident
    Thou art the Creator and the Protector,
    And the Helmsman,
    Who steers my bark across the sea of life.
    — MIRA


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    November 12, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Trident

    Thus is devotion the potent power that leads to and makes possible the utter self-renunciation and self-surrender which are the only means for receiving spiritual illumination. — BHAVANI SHANKAR


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    The name of the third Hall is Wisdom, beyond which stretch the shoreless waters of AKṢARA, the indestructible Fount of Omniscience.19

    If thou would’st cross the first Hall safely, let not thy mind mistake the fires of lust that burn therein for the Sunlight of life.

    If thou would’st cross the second safely, stop not the fragrance of its stupefying blossoms to inhale. If {7} freed thou would’st be from the Karmic chains, seek not for thy Guru in those Māyāvic regions.

    The WISE ONES tarry not in pleasure-grounds of senses.

    The WISE ONES heed not the sweet-tongued voices of illusion.


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    “By pursuing the subject we may discover that the Law of Cycles rules every phenomenal experience in the world around us, that it governs even our states of passing happiness or misery, and rules also what men call life and death. Thus the continuous growth of Nature and of all beings is divided and punctuated by successive periods of rest and activity, or, to express it more completely, by rounds of birth, growth, subsidence and rest.”

    — C.W., from the article The Laws of Cycles


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    November 11, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Trident

    Restrain the self, regulate the breath,
    Sift the transient from the true.
    — SHANKARACHARYA


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    November 10, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Trident

    For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. — ST. PAUL


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    November 9, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Trident

    To be, or not to be; that is the question. — WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE


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    November 8, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Yoga Sutras

    When I identify myself with the body, O Lord, I am Thy creature, eternally
    separate from Thee. When I identify myself with the soul, I am a spark of that Divine Fire which Thou art. But when I identify myself with Atman, I and Thou art one. — HANUMAN to SHRI RAMA


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    November 7, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Yoga Sutras
    I have given up the world
    And all it stands for.
    I have rent my veil of many colours
    And walk in sackcloth now.
    — MIRA


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    November 6, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Yoga Sutras
    A man faced with his own immensity
    Wakes all the waves, all their loose wandering fire.
    The murmur of the absolute, the why
    Of being born fails on his naked ears.
    — THEODORE ROETHKE


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    November 5, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Yoga Sutras

    Devotion is the skilled charioteer, selflessness the shield, contentment the sword, charity the axe, intelligence the mighty bolt, the elevated mind is the awesome bow. A heart, pure, and unruffled, is the quiver, whilst the arrows are equality, disciplined life and self-control. — TULSIDAS


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    November 3, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Yoga Sutras
    Be like the Ocean which receives all streams and rivers. The Ocean’s mighty calm remains unmoved; it feels them not. Restrain by thy Divine thy lower Self. Restrain by the Eternal the Divine. — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE


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    November 3, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Yoga Sutras

    The wonderous voice of Kwan-Yin,
    The Brahma-voice, voice of the sweeping tide,
    Surpassing the sounds of the world,
    Is to be held firm in the mind
    Unaccompanied by even the shadow of doubt.
    — KWAN-YIN SUTRA


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    November 2, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Yoga Sutras

    Concentration, or Yoga, is the hindering of the modifications
    of the thinking principle. — PATANJALI

    Observe this simple counsel of perfection: foresake all, and you shall find all.Renounce desire, and you shall find peace. Give this due thought and when you have put it into practice, you will understand all things.
    — THOMAS a KEMPIS


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    October 31, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Jivanmukta
    Call the world if you please ‘The vale of Soul-making’. — JOHN KEATS

    Man should study in three schools…He should send the elemental or material body to the elemental school, the sidereal or etheral body to the sidereal school, and the eternal or luminous body to the school of eternity.
    — PICO della MIRANDOLA


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    October 30, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Jivanmukta
    The mind, as it exerts all its powers to the limit of
    human capacity, is flooded with light. — PLATO

    Never did eye see the sun unless it had first become sun-like, and never can the soul have vision of the First Beauty unless itself be beautiful.

    — PLOTINUS


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    October 27, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Jivanmukta

    Own little and be replete.
    Own much and be restless.
    Therefore the Sage embraces the ONE
    And sets an example for the whole world.
    — TAO TE CHING

    The appearance of the Tathagatas in the world is for the benefit of all beings; out of a great compassionate heart they turn the wheel of the Dharma.
    — GANDAVYHUA SUTRA


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    October 26, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Jivanmukta

    Oh! the wonderous splendour beneath the Banyan Tree: there sits Gurudeva, a youth; the disciples are elders; the Teaching is Silence, and all doubts are dispelled.
    — DAKSHINAMURTI STOTRA


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    October 29, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Manasadharma

    Of chief importance for practice and insight
    Is your Guru’s overbrooding influence.
    This is conditioned by your attitude and conviction,
    So approach him with one-pointed mind.
    — LOSANG KALSANG GYATSO, VII DALAI LAMA


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    Oh! the wonderous splendour beneath the Banyan Tree: there sits Gurudeva, a youth; the disciples are elders; the Teaching is Silence, and all doubts are dispelled.
    — DAKSHINAMURTI STOTRA


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    Friday
    October 25, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Manasadharma

    Now, I behold as in a mirror, in an icon, in a
    riddle, life eternal. — NICHOLAS of CUSA

    You can never enjoy the world aright, till the sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens, and crowned with the stars.
    — THOMAS TRAHERNE


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    Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Manasadharma

    Meditate upon altruism and compassion.
    Draw in your mind, centering it in compassion.
    Guide your attention with mindfulness,
    Holding it within compassion.
    — LOSANG KALSANG GYATSO, VII DALAI LAMA


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    October 23, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Manasadharma
    Let contentment be thine earrings,
    Modesty thy begging bowl;
    Smear thy body with ashes of meditation.
    — GURU NANAK


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    October 22, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Manasadharma

    The gracious stillness, the awareness
    All-transcendent, is the state
    Supreme experienced by the great.
    — SHRI MURUGANAR


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    Let there be no negligence in your devotion.
    — SHANKARACHARYA

    The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions.
    — SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE


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    Studies in the Secret Doctrine:
    The Law of Sacrifice

    Sacrifice is a much misunderstood word. Its association with religious and ascetic notions has given it a wrong significance. In the East the conception has deteriorated till yagna or yajna for some is akin to animal-sacrifice at the altar of the gods; for others, sundry ritualistic performances. In Christendom “the sacrifice of Christ who died on the Cross for our salvation,” with its attendant vicious belief in vicarious atonement, is the corrupted expression of a sublime truth known to the world centuries before the Christian era. What the significance of Yagna-Sacrifice is for the student of the esoteric philosophy can well be gathered from the Note on Yajna in H. P. Blavatsky’s Theosophical Glossary.


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    Three Halls, O weary pilgrim, lead to the end of toils. Three Halls, O conqueror of Māra, will bring thee through three states14 into the fourth,15 and thence into the seven worlds,16 the worlds of Rest Eternal.

    If thou would’st learn their names, then hearken, and remember. {6}

    The name of the first Hall is IGNORANCE—Avidyā.

    It is the Hall in which thou saw’st the light, in which thou livest and shalt die.17

    The name of Hall the second is the Hall of Learning.A In it thy Soul will find the blossoms
    of life, but under every flower a serpent coiled.

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    “By the study of this Law of Cycles we learn that natural progress of all kinds does not occur in one steady stream, like the rush of a railway train on a straight track, but on the contrary, it proceeds by a spiral or screw-like course, in which the same points are successively and continually reached on higher circles of existence. It might, perhaps, be compared to the flight of an eagle, which soars upward in circles one above the other, until lost to sight in the vault of heaven. An onlooker would apparently see a periodic return to nearly the same place, but it is clear that the soaring bird occupies a more distant position on every turn of the circle in its spiral flight upward.

    “These cyclic periods are so well defined in our everyday experience, that we are apt to pass them by, without recognizing their importance. Every day is a cycle, in which we pursue almost the same round of duty, and every day is followed by a night or period of rest in which the circle of twenty-four hours is rounded off and completed. Month by month, in a larger cycle we find similar occurrences in our business and home circles. Year by year we follow the same round of occurrences in Nature, so that spring, summer, autumn and winter promote the well-being of each other, and minister to the perfect whole of which they form successive phases. All these are well known to us, but because by habit we have grown familiar with them, we fail to perceive that herein lies a great secret of the world’s advancement.

    “By pursuing the subject we may discover that the Law of Cycles rules every phenomenal experience in the world around us, that it governs even our states of passing happiness or misery, and rules also what men call life and death. Thus the continuous growth of Nature and of all beings is divided and punctuated by successive periods of rest and activity, or, to express it more completely, by rounds of birth, growth, subsidence and rest.”

    — C.W., from the article The Laws of Cycles


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    October 20, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Manasadharma

    When we love we live those values which previously were largely theoretical and so our lives become representative of our souls; then it is that we are amazed to discover the countless, invisible ties uniting ourselves with others and then we become aware of the spiritual brotherhood of man and so realize that no man lives unto himself alone. — CLAUDE HOUGHTON


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    October 19, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Manasdharma

    The divine nature cannot immediately communicate with what is human, but all that intercourse and converse which is conceded by the gods to men, both whilst they sleep and when they wake, subsists through the intervention of Love.
    — PLATO


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    October 18, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Self-Testing

    Every situation ought to be used as a means. — W.Q. JUDGE

    Every problem would lend itself to a solution if we are determined to make the law of truth and non-violence the law of life. — M.K. GANDHI


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    October 17, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Continuity of Consciousness
    Love is watchful, and whilst resting never sleeps; weary, it is never exhausted; imprisoned, it is never in bonds; alarmed,it is never afraid; like a living flame and a burning torch, it surges upward and surely surmounts every obstacle.
    — THOMAS à KEMPIS


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    October 16, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Continuity of Consciousness
    As Shiva is all and ominpresent,
    Everywhere is Shiva’s gracious dance made manifest.
    — TIRUMALAR

    Hast though attuned thy heart and mind to the great mind and
    heart of all mankind? — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE


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    October 15, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Continuity of Consciousness

    I feel again a spark of that ancient flame. — VIRGIL

    I know the far-sent message of the years, I feel the coming glory
    of the Light. — EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON


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    October 15, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Continuity of Consciousness

    Therefore to whom turn I but to thee, the ineffable Name? Builder and maker, thou, of houses not made with hands! What, have fear of change from thee who art ever the same? — ROBERT BROWNING


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    October 13, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Continuity of Consciousness

    Spiritual culture is attained through concentration. It must be continued
    daily and every moment to be of use. — H.P. BLAVATSKY

    To transform ourselves into the steady-burning Flame of the Nachiketas
    Fire; that is the task that lies before us. — B.P. WADIA


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    October 12, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Continuity of Consciousness

    Whosoever has found and understood the Self that has entered this patched-up hiding place, he indeed is the creator, for he is the maker of everything, his is the world, and he is the world itself.

    — BRIHADARANYAKA UPANISHAD

    What is found in the effect was already in the cause. — HENRI BERGSON


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    October 11, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Self-Testing

    Thou must be true thyself,
    If thou the truth wouldst teach;
    Thy soul must overflow If thou
    Another’s soul wouldst reach.
    — BONAR

    To obtain the knowledge of Self is a greater achievement than to command the elements or to know the future. — Aquarian Axioms


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    October 10, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Self-Testing
    For the soul, the Good is its own natural act. — PLOTINUS

    God has furnished us with constant occasions of bearing one another’s burdens. For there is no man living without his failings; no man that is so happy as never to give offense; no man without his load of trouble; no man so sufficient as never to need assistance. — THOMAS à KEMPIS


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    October 9, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Self-Testing
    He shall be like a tree planted by streams of water,
    That yieldeth its fruit in its season,
    And whose leaf doth not wither.
    — PSALMS

    Patience, and shuffle the cards. — MIGUEL de CERVANTES


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    October 8, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Self-Testing

    Everything that a man accomplishes or does, that he teaches or wants to learn, must have its right proportion; it must follow its own line and remain within its circle, to the end that a balance be preserved, that there be no crooked thing, that nothing exceed the circle.

    — PICO della MIRANDOLA


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    October 8, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Self-Testing
    My time on earth
    Is borrowed.
    — NAHAUATL SHAMAN

    Clarity is gained through breadth. — NIELS BOHR


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    October 6, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Self-Testing
    If for the sake of this great prize
    Thou wilt not give thyself, with all thou hast and art
    Then cease to prate of goodness.
    — TUKARAM

    Self-knowledge is of loving deeds the child. — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE


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    October 5, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Self-Testing
    Some men a forward motion love,
    But I by backward steps would move;
    And when this dust falls to the urn,
    In that state I came, return.
    — HENRY VAUGHAN


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    Oct. 4, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Paracelsus

    Man’s freedom is never in being saved troubles, but it is the freedom to take trouble for his own good, to make the trouble an element in his joy. It can be made so only when we realize that our individual self is not the highest meaning of our being, that in us we have the world-man who is immortal, who is not afraid of death or sufferings, and who looks upon pain as only the other side of joy.
    — RABINDRANATH TAGORE


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    October 3, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Paracelsus
    Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither
    anxiety nor doubt. — FRANCIS of ASSISI

    A lifetime may be needed merely to gain the virtues which annul
    the errors of man’s preceding life. — HONORÉ de BALZAC


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    October 2, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Paracelsus
    Ideals must work in practice, otherwise they are not potent.

    — M. K. GANDHI

    Only through time time is conquered. — T. S. ELIOT


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    October 1, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Paracelsus

    In truth only those are alive who have escaped the bondage of the flesh as froma prison, while that which you call life is in reality death. — CICERO

    Man is like a star wrapped in a cloud. — MARSILIO FICINO


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    October 1, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Paracelsus

    In truth only those are alive who have escaped the bondage of the flesh as froma prison, while that which you call life is in reality death. — CICERO

    Man is like a star wrapped in a cloud. — MARSILIO FICINO


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    October 1, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Paracelsus

    In truth only those are alive who have escaped the bondage of the flesh as froma prison, while that which you call life is in reality death. — CICERO

    Man is like a star wrapped in a cloud. — MARSILIO FICINO


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    October 1, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Paracelsus

    In truth only those are alive who have escaped the bondage of the flesh as froma prison, while that which you call life is in reality death. — CICERO

    Man is like a star wrapped in a cloud. — MARSILIO FICINO


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    September 29, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Paracelsus
    Just get rid
    Of that small mind
    That is called ‘self’,
    And there is nothing in the universe
    That can harm or hinder you.
    — SENGTSAN


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    September 28, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Paracelsus
    How shall he follow the unknown?
    How shall he find it, and when found
    How shall he know it? Did the soul
    Once see the universal mind,
    And know the part, and know the whole?
    — BOETHIUS


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    September 29, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Paracelsus
    The spirit is the master, imagination the tool, and
    the body the plastic material. — PARACELSUS

    An eternal love is within and around him, pressing upon him and sustaining with infinite tenderness his body, his soul and his spirit.
    — GEORGE WILLIAM RUSSELL


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    September 26, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Mental Quiescence
    The act of supplication removes earthly desires from the heart, as
    polishing removes dust from the mirror. — ABBAS EFFENDI

    If the Sun and Moon should doubt,
    They’d immediately go out.
    — WILLIAM BLAKE


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    September 26, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Mental Quiescence
    The act of supplication removes earthly desires from the heart, as
    polishing removes dust from the mirror. — ABBAS EFFENDI

    If the Sun and Moon should doubt,
    They’d immediately go out.
    — WILLIAM BLAKE


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    September 25, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Mental Quiescence

    God dwells wherever man lets him in. — Hasidic Saying

    There is a natural melody, an obscure fount in every human heart. It may be hidden over and utterly concealed and silenced — but it is there. At the very base of your nature you will find faith, hope and love.

    — LIGHT ON THE PATH


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    September 24, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Mental Quiescence

    A man comes into possession of creative power by uniting
    his own mind with the Universal Mind. — PARACELSUS

    Holy Mountain Spirit, leader of the Mountain Spirits,
    I am happy over your words,
    You are happy over my words.
    — Apache Chant


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    September 23, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Mental Quiescence
    There is a flame within me that has stood
    Unmoved, untroubled through a mist of years,
    Knowing nor love nor laughter, hope nor fears.
    — JOHN SPENCER MUIRHEAD


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    SD ii pages 411-413

    This is the real CURSE from the physiological standpoint, almost the only one touched upon in the Kabalistic esotericism. Viewed from this aspect, the curse is undeniable, for it is evident. The intellectual evolution, in its progress hand-in-hand with the physical, has certainly been a curse instead of a blessing — a gift quickened by the “Lords of Wisdom,” who have poured on the human manas the fresh dew of their own spirit and essence. The divine Titan has then suffered in vain; and one feels inclined to regret his benefaction to mankind, and sigh for those days so graphically depicted by Æschylus, in his “Prometheus Bound,” when, at the close of the first Titanic age (the age that followed that of ethereal man, of the pious Kandu and Pramlocha), nascent, physical mankind, still mindless and (physiologically) senseless, is described as —

    “Seeing, they saw in vain;
    Hearing, they heard not; but like shapes in dreams,
    Through the long time all things at random mixed.”

    Our Saviours, the Agnishwatta and other divine “Sons of the Flame of Wisdom” (personified by the Greeks in Prometheus ‡ ), may well, in
    the injustice of the human heart, be left unrecognized and unthanked. They may, in our ignorance of the truth, be indirectly cursed for Pandora’s gift: but to find themselves proclaimed and declared by the mouth of the clergy, the EVIL ONES, is too heavy a Karma for “Him” “who dared alone “— when Zeus “ardently desired” to quench the entire human race — to save “that mortal race” from perdition, or, as the suffering Titan is made to say: —

    “From sinking blasted down to Hades’ gloom.
    For this by the dire tortures I am bent,
    Grievous to suffer, piteous to behold,
    I who did mortals pity! . . . . ”

    The chorus remarking very pertinently: —

    “Vast boon was this thou gavest unto mortals . . . .”

    Prometheus answers: —

    “Yea, and besides ’twas I that gave them fire.
    CHORUS: Have now these short-lived creatures flame-eyed fire?
    PROM.: Ay, and by it full many arts will learn. . . . . ”

    But, with the arts, the fire received has turned into the greatest curse: the animal element, and consciousness of its possession, has changed periodical instinct into chronic animalism and sensuality.* It is this which hangs over humanity like a heavy funereal pall. Thus arises the responsibility of free-will; the Titanic passions which represent humanity in its darkest aspect; “the restless insatiability of the lower passions and desires, when, with self-asserting insolence, they bid defiance to the restraints of law.” †

    Prometheus having endowed man, according to Plato’s “Protagoras,” with that “wisdom which ministers to physical well-being,” but the lower aspect of manas of the animal (Kama) having remained unchanged,instead of “an untainted mind, heaven’s first gift” (Æschylus), there was created the eternal vulture of the ever unsatisfied desire, of regret and despair coupled with “the dreamlike feebleness that fetters the blind race of mortals” (p. 556), unto the day when Prometheus is released by his heaven-appointed deliverer, Herakles.

    Now Christians — Roman Catholics especially — have tried to prophetically connect this drama with the coming of Christ. No greater mistake could be made. The true theosophist, the pursuer of divine wisdom and worshipper of ABSOLUTE perfection — the unknown deity which is neither Zeus nor Jehovah — will demur to such an idea. Pointing to antiquity he will prove that there never was an original sin, but only an abuse of physical intelligence — the psychic being guided by the animal, and both putting out the light of the spiritual. He will say, “All ye who can read between the lines, study ancient wisdom in the old dramas — the Indian and the Greek; read carefully the one just mentioned, one enacted on the theatres of Athens 2,400 years ago, namely ‘Prometheus Bound’ ” The myth belongs to neither Hesiod nor Æschylus; but, as Bunsen says, it “is older than the Hellenes themselves,” for it belongs, in truth, to the dawn of human consciousness. The Crucified Titan is the personified symbol of the collective Logos, the “Host,” and of the “Lords of Wisdom” or the HEAVENLY MAN, who incarnated in Humanity.


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    Next section:

    Bestride the Bird of Life, if thou would’st know

    Give up thy life, if thou would’st live.


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    WQJ Cycles and Cyclic Law

    Now, that the law of cycles does prevail in the world must be very evident if you will reflect for a few moments. The first cycle I would draw your attention to is the daily cycle, when the sun rises in the morning and sets at night, returning again next morning, you following the sun, rising in the morning and at night going to sleep again, at night almost appearing dead, but the next morning awaking to life once more. That is the first cycle. You can see at once that there are therefore in a mans life just as many cycles of that kind as there are days in his life. The next is the monthly cycle, when the moon, changing every 28 days, marks the month. We have months running to more days, but that is only for convenience, to avoid change in the year. The moon gives the month and marks the monthly cycle.

    The next is the yearly cycle. The great luminary, the great mover of all, returns again to a point from whence he started. The next great cycle to which I would draw your attention, now we have come to the sun—it is held by science and is provable I think by other arguments the next cycle is that the sun, while stationary to us, is in fact moving through space in an enormous orbit which we can not measure. As he moves he draws the earth and the planets as they wheel about him. We may say, then, this is another great cycle. It appears reasonable that, as the sun is moving through that great cycle, he must draw the earth into spaces and places and points in space where the earth has never been before, and that it must happen that the earth shall come now and then into some place where the conditions are different and that it may be changed in a moment, as it were, for to the eye of the soul a thousand years are but a moment, when everything will be different. That is one aspect of cyclic doctrine, that the sun is drawing the earth in a great orbit of his own and is causing the earth to be changed in its nature by reason of the new atomic spaces into which it is taken.


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    September 22, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Mental Quiescence

    Quiescence is a form of humility. — LAO TZU

    The real cause of bondage is non-discrimination or misunderstanding the
    nature of the Soul and the body, and not finding the true purpose of life. Just asdarkness is removed by its natural opposite, light, so non-discrimination is removed by true discrimination. — KAPILA


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    September 21, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Mental Quiescence

    Generation and corruption are only transformations
    from the little to the great, and vice versa.
    — WILHELM von LEIBNIZ

    Mind is like a mirror; it gathers dust while it reflects. It
    needs the gentle breezes of Soul-Wisdom to brush away the
    dust of our illusions. — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE


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    September 20, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Hero in Man

    All Nature is but art, unknown to thee;
    All chance, direction, which thou canst not see;
    All discord, harmony not understood;
    All partial evil, universal good.
    — ALEXANDER POPE


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    September 19, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Hero in Man
    I am dancing, dancing earnestly to the Great Spirit
    And dance and dance till I can dance no more.
    — Potawatomi Chant

    Both action and inaction may find room in thee, thy body agitated, thy mind tranquil, thy Soul as limpid as a mountain lake.
    — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE


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    September 18, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Hero in Man
    As the pupil is within the eye itself,
    So is the Lord within thy body;
    But fools know not this simple fact,
    And search for Him elsewhere.
    — KABIR

    The whole nature of man must be used wisely by the one
    who desires to enter the way. — LIGHT ON THE PATH


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    September 17, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Hero in Man

    Thou shalt have the power to degenerate into the lower forms of life, which are brutish. Thou shalt have the power, out of thy soul’s judgement, to be reborn into the higher forms, which are divine. — PICO della MIRANDOLA


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    September 16, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Hero in Man
    For most of us, this is the aim
    Never here to be realized;
    Who are only undefeated
    Because we have gone on trying.
    — T. S. ELIOT


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    September 15, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Hero in Man
    A great flame follows a little spark. — DANTE ALIGHIERI

    One must have spiritual ears, not the ears of the body.
    Close the head’s ears to jesting and falsehood,
    That you may see the resplendent city of the soul.
    — JALALUDDIN RUMI


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    September 14, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Hero in Man
    A great flame follows a little spark. — DANTE ALIGHIERI

    One must have spiritual ears, not the ears of the body.
    Close the head’s ears to jesting and falsehood,
    That you may see the resplendent city of the soul.
    — JALALUDDIN RUMI


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    September 13, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Pledge of Kwan-Yin

    Once more we are lightened of our burden, through virtue become spiritual, and move through Spiritual Wisdom to the Supreme.

    — PLOTINUS

    To be formidable, be united. — ERASMUS


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    September 13, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Pledge of Kwan-Yin

    Once more we are lightened of our burden, through virtue become spiritual, and move through Spiritual Wisdom to the Supreme.

    — PLOTINUS

    To be formidable, be united. — ERASMUS


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    September 12, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Pledge of Kwan-Yin
    That feast of bliss had swollen my mind so
    That it broke its bounds and leapt out of itself.
    — DANTE ALIGHIERI


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    September 11, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Pledge of Kwan-Yin
    And when thou sendest thy free soul thro’ heaven
    Nor understandest bound nor boundlessness,
    Thou seest the Nameless of the hundred names.
    — ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON


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    September 10, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Pledge of Kwan-Yin

    Consider the example of the mountaineer. If our spirit loses itself in desire for the things that are passing far below, it is soon caught in a maze of infinite distractions and crooked ways; the soul is divided from itself, dissipated and torn into as many pieces as there are objects of its desire. — ALBERTUS MAGNUS


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    September 9, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Pledge of Kwan-Yin
    With thy multiple compassion,
    Unify my heart.
    — ISAAC LURIA

    Where love is not there is no true worship: nothing is sacred
    to us unless we love. — CLAUDE HOUGHTON


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    September 7, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Pledge of Kwan-Yin
    The living temple is interior recollection of the soul. — JOHN of the CROSS

    No sooner has one known his own inward light as the Supreme itself,
    he is rid of his miseries and becomes liberated even in life. — VALMIKI


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    September 8, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Pledge of Kwan-Yin
    Love, from its awful throne of patient power
    In the wise heart, from the last giddy hour
    Of dread endurance, from the slippery, steep,
    And narrow verge of crag-like agony, springs,
    And folds over the world its healing wings.
    — PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY


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    Friday
    September 6, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Seals of Wisdom

    Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least
    of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. — ST. MATTHEW

    The false shows itself; all that is true proves itself. — Sufi Saying


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    September 5, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Seals of Wisdom
    When like the sun rising above the mountains,
    The Buddha of Love appears at the Diamond Throne,
    May the wisdom-lotus open its petals
    And sentient beings gather to drink the nectar of Truth.
    — GYALWA GENDUN DRUB, 1st DALAI LAMA

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    Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Seals of Wisdom
    “One’s whole conception of the world of which one
    is a part can be profoundly altered.” — Aquarian Almanac


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    September 3, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Heart

    He whose actions are for me alone, who esteemeth me the supreme goal, who is my servant only, without attachment to the results of action and free from enmity towards any creature, cometh to me, O son of Pandu.

    — SHRI KRISHNA


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    September 2, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Seals of Wisdom
    Listen only to the voice which is soundless. — LIGHT ON THE PATH

    The goal of Parabhakti, which is only possible for a jnani, is the merging into this centre of light, Ishwara, the highest goal of spiritual endeavor.
    — BHAVANI SHANKAR


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    September 1, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Seals of Wisdom
    Love, from its awful throne of patient power
    In the wise heart, from the last giddy hour
    Of dread endurance, from the slippery, steep,
    And narrow verge of crag-like agony, springs,
    And folds over the world its healing wings.
    — PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY


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    Book i page 295

    “The creation of Life by the Sun is as continuous as his light; nothing arrests or limits it. Around him, like an army of Satellites, are innumerable choirs of genii. These dwell in the neighbourhood of the Immortals, and thence watch over human things. They fulfill the will of the gods (Karma) by means of storms, tempests, transitions of fire and earthquakes; likewise by famines and wars, for the punishment of impiety.* . . . It is the sun who preserves and nourishes all creatures; and even as the Ideal World which environs the sensible world fills this last with the plenitude and universal variety of forms, so also the Sun, enfolding all in his light, accomplishes everywhere the birth and development of creatures.” . . . “Under his orders is the choir of Genii, or rather the choirs, for there are many and diverse, and their number corresponds to that of the stars. Every star has its genii, good and evil by nature, or rather by their operation, for operation is the essence of the genii. . . . All these Genii preside over mundane affairs, † they shake and overthrow the constitution of States and of individuals; they imprint their likeness on our Souls, they are present in our nerves, our marrow, our veins, our arteries, and our very brain-substance . . . at the moment when each of us receives life and being, he is taken in charge by the genii (Elementals) who preside over births,‡ and who are classed beneath the astral powers (Superhuman astral Spirits.) They change perpetually, not always identically, but revolving in circles.§ They permeate by the body two parts of the Soul, that it may receive from each the impress of his own energy. But the reasonable part of the Soul is not subject to the genii; it is designed
    for the reception of (the) God,* who enlightens it with a sunny ray. Those who are thus illumined are few in number, and from them the genii abstain: for neither genii nor Gods have any power in the presence of a single ray of God. † But all other men, both soul and body, are directed by genii, to whom they cleave, and whose operations they affect……….. The genii have then the control of mundane things and our bodies serve them as instruments………..


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    Saith the Great Law:—“In order to become the knower of ALL SELF,9 thou hast first of self to be the knower.” To reach the knowledge of that self, thou hast to give up Self to Non-Self, Being to Non-Being, and then thou canst repose between the wings of the GREAT BIRD. Aye, sweet is rest between the wings of that which is not born, nor dies, but is the AUM10 throughout eternal ages.

    Book 1 The Voice of the Silence


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    A human being is a cycle; an atom is a cycle — in this technical sense. We say that the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening, and we call it a cycle, a day. The time-illusion produced by the moving object — in this case our earth — gives us the notion that a day is produced by an absolute entity called Time, or is an integral part of such separate entity.

    Cycles themselves are not caused as minor integrals of time by time. Where you have no space, there is no time; where you have no time, there is no space. Space is a substantial entity in occultism, and one of its mayavi attributes is what we call time. As Space is eternally enduring, this is the cause of the time-maya. That does not mean that time is nonexistent, but there is no absolute entity apart from things called Time, nor where there are no beings to perceive it.

    G. de Purucker on Cycles from Fountain-Source of Occultism


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    August 31, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Seals of Wisdom

    There is but one Reality, which embraces all these attributions
    and relations called the Divine Names. — FUSUS AL-HIKAM

    Symbols of divine truth were not invented for the amusement of the ignorant: they are the alpha and omega of philosophic thought.

    — H. P. BLAVATSKY


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    August 30, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Heart

    Love being the greatest majesty, is the power of all powers, from whence they severally operate. And it is the holy magical root, or spiritual power from whence all the wonders of God have been wrought.

    — JACOB BOEHME


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    August 29, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Heart
    The mind roams bewildered in its repeated births in this tumultuous world so long as it does not find its ultimate felicity in the Supreme, unto which it may fly like a bee to its honeycomb. — VALMIKI


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    August 28, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Heart
    Desirous of emancipation, I seek refuge in that effulgent Being, whose light reveals the knowledge of Atman. — SVETASHVETARA UPANISHAD

    As soon as you trust yourself, you will know
    how to live. — WOLFGANG GOETHE


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    August 27, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Heart

    The Word is the sole Truth, eternal and constant.
    All else is false, illusory, deceptive.
    — KABIR

    The history of the world is none other than the progress
    of the consciousness of freedom. — G. W. F. HEGEL


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    August 26, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Heart
    What menaced, now is excitement,
    What terrified, is now delight….
    And the universe resounds with the joyful cry ‘I am’.
    — ALEXANDER SCRIABIN


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    August 25, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Heart
    The heart is the key to it all, and the brain is only
    the servant of the heart. — W. Q. JUDGE

    Only in the sacredness of inward silence does the soul truly meet the secret hiding God. The strength of resolve which afterwards shapes life, and mixes itself with action, is the fruit of those sacred, solitary moments. There is a divine depth in silence. We meet God alone.

    — F. W. ROBERTSON


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    August 24, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Heart
    In the supreme Brahman eternal mind and eternal substance brood in sublime communion. Infinite thought is at one with infinite potentiality.
    — HUGH I’ANSON FAUSSET


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    Friday
    August 23, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Spiritual Perception

    At all times be thou fixed in devotion. — SHRI KRISHNA

    God is the centre of everything, whose circumference
    is nowhere to be found. — ROBERT FLUDD


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    August 22, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Spiritual Perception
    Beauty is the depth of the soul. — Sufi Saying

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    August 21, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Spiritual Perception
    I am borne darkly, fearfully, afar;
    Whilst, burning through the inmost veil of Heaven,
    The soul of Adonais, like a star,
    Beacons from the abode where the Eternal are.
    — PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY


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    August 20, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Spiritual Perception

    Enkindle generous ardour, feed pure love,
    Beget the smiles that have no cruelty,
    Be the sweet presence of a good diffused,
    And in diffusion ever more intense!
    — GEORGE ELIOT


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    August 19, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Spiritual Perception
    Like the sun flashing forth light unto one enshrouded in darkness, like the boat rescuing a person sinking in the sea, like the cloud showering forth its refreshing waters on the thirsty, like the storehouse of wealth removing the distress of the penniless, and like the physician bringing relief to a person suffering from a long and painful disease, — may He, the Lord, come and grant unto us what is auspicious.

    — SHRI KRISHNA KARNAMRITA


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    August 18, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Spiritual Perception
    Does the fish soar to find the ocean,
    The eagle plunge to find the air —
    That we ask of the stars in motion
    If they have rumour of thee there?
    — FRANCIS THOMPSON

    What we need is that interior tenderness shall be elevated into seership, that what in most is only yearning or blind love shall see clearly its way and hope.
    — GEORGE WILLIAM RUSSELL


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    August 17, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Spiritual Perception

    The centre of life is neither in thought nor in feeling nor in will, nor even in consciousness, so far as it thinks, feels, or wishes. For moral truth may have been penetrated and possessed in all these ways, and escape us still. Deeper even than consciousness, there is our being itself, our very substance, our nature.

    — HENRI FRÉDÉRIC AMIEL


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    August 16, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Diamond Sutra

    Awonawilona conceived within himself and thought outward in space, whereby mists of increase, potent streams of growth, were evolved and uplifted.
    — Zuni Creation Myth

    The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. — RALPH WALDO EMERSON


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    August 15, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Inheritance of Humanity
    Thou hast prepared vestures for these Sephiroth to serve human
    souls as points of transition. — INVOCATION OF ELIJAH

    The word Swaraj is a sacred word, a Vedic word, meaning
    self-rule and self-restraint. — M. K. GANDHI


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    August 12, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Inheritance of Humanity
    It is through the Divine Mind that we have
    this vision of the Unity. — PLOTINUS


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    August 13, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Inheritance of Humanity

    You should try to be poor as an individual, but to be
    rich as a member of humanity. — APOLLONIUS
    The true redemption of man’s soul can only happen
    As he steps outside the body’s limits.
    — SHEMU’AH TOVAH


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    August 14, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Inheritance of Humanity
    The Good which is above all light is called a Spiritual Light because it is an
    originating beam and an overflowing radiance, illuminating with its fullness every. Mind above the world, around it, or within it.
    — DIONYSIUS the AREOPAGITE


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    August 13, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Inheritance of Humanity

    You should try to be poor as an individual, but to be
    rich as a member of humanity. — APOLLONIUS
    The true redemption of man’s soul can only happen
    As he steps outside the body’s limits.
    — SHEMU’AH TOVAH


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    August 12, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Inheritance of Humanity
    It is through the Divine Mind that we have
    this vision of the Unity. — PLOTINUS


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    August 11, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Inheritance of Humanity
    One need but worship the spirit of living nature and try to identify oneself with it. To revere that Presence, the invisible Cause, which is yet ever manifesting itself in its incessant results; the intangible, omnipotent, the omnipresent Proteus: indivisible in its Essence, and eluding form, yet appearing under all and every form; who is here and there and everywhere and nowhere; is ALL and
    NOTHING…

    — H. P. BLAVATSKY


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    August 10, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Inheritance of Humanity

    Its splendor shines in every individual thing according to its nature
    and is called grace and beauty. — MARSILIO FICINO
    Eternity was in our lips and eyes,
    Bliss in our brows.
    — WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE


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    Friday
    August 9, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Diamond Sutra

    Thou art greater than the greatest, Truth absolute, the very embodiment of existence (SAT), intelligence (CHIT), and bliss (ANANDA).
    — SANATKUMARA SAMHITA

    Master, go on, and I will follow thee,
    To the last gasp, with truth and loyalty.
    — WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE


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    August 8, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Diamond Sutra
    Can anything be found on earth?
    Beyond is the place where one lives.
    — QUETZALCOATL

    It is only on the ruins of the Tower of Confusion that the Temple
    of Truth can be erected. — COUNT CAGLIOSTRO


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    August 7, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Diamond Sutra
    They give to Me name, Who am without name, ascribe actions to Me, Who am without actions, think of Me with a physical body though I have none, give form to Me, though I am formless, give attributes to Me when I am without attributes, and worldly duties to Me where I have no obligations. — DNYANESHWARI


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    August 6, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Jacob Boehme

    Direct our path to that topmost height of mystic Lore which exceedeth light and more than exceedeth knowledge, where the pure, absolute and immutable mysteries of heavenly Truth are veiled in the dazzling obscurity of the secret Silence.
    — DIONYSIUS the AREOPAGITE


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    August 5, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Diamond Sutra
    How far below the depth of being,
    How wide beyond the starry bound
    It rolls unconscious and unseeing,
    And is as Number or as Sound.
    — AGNES MARY FRANCES DUCLAUX


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    Nor Aught nor Nought existed; yon bright sky
    Was not, nor heaven’s broad roof outstretched above.
    — RIG VEDA

    Yet every heart contains perfection’s germ. — PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY


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    The doctrine of cycles is one of the most important in the entire cosmic range of the esoteric philosophy, because repetitive or rhythmic action is fundamental in nature. As a matter of fact, every being and thing that exists is an expression of rhythmic pulsation: we are not only the children of cycles greater than ourselves, but actually within our own beings imbody cycles because we are cyclical in all our life processes. The same rule applies with identical force to any entity in boundless Infinitude, whether a galaxy or an atom.

    We perceive cycles by the recurrences of moving beings and things in our world, and are deluded into thinking that these repetitions are caused by some intangible entity called time, while in reality they are caused by the cyclical movements of the bodies or of the consciousness of entities. The revolutions of the planets around the sun is an example; they are not caused by time. It is the moving entities themselves which produce in us the time-illusion, due to our imperfect understanding of their operations in Duration. As one of the Stanzas of Dzyan says: “Time was not, for it lay asleep in the infinite bosom of duration” — because moving things were then no more.

    G. de Purucker on Cycles from Fountain-Source of Occultism


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    August 3, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Diamond Sutra

    Alone the one form of existence stretched boundless, infinite, causeless, in
    dreamless sleep; and life pulsated unconscious in universal space, throughout that
    all-presence which is sensed by the opened eye of the Dangma.

    — STANZAS OF DZYAN


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    August 2, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Jacob Boehme

    Perfection in meditation comes from persevering
    devotion to the Supreme Soul. — PATANJALI

    We may offer Him that transcends all things the praises of transcendent
    hymnody. — DIONYSIUS the AREOPAGITE


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    August 1, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Jacob Boehme

    O Nature, and O soul of man! how far beyond all utterance
    are your linked analogies? — HERMAN MELVILLE

    The most obvious lesson in Christ’s teaching is that there is no happiness inhaving and getting anything, but only in giving. — HENRY DRUMMOND


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    July 31, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Jacob Boehme

    Like the sea, deep and unfathomable, neither be swollen by what flows into you nor be depleted by what is withdrawn from you.

    — SHRI KRISHNA

    Be like the Ocean which receives all streams and rivers. The Ocean’s mighty calm remains unmoved; it feels them not.

    — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE


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    July 30, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Jacob Boehme

    O Ahmad, every prayer which is performed
    without awareness of God
    is like the moon in eclipse: the light has gone out of it.
    — JAMAL AD-DIN HANSAWI

    Life itself has speech and is never silent. — LIGHT ON THE PATH


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    July 29, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Jacob Boehme

    To live in perfect goodness is to realize one’s life in the infinite. This is the most comprehensive view of life which we can have by our inherent power of the moral vision of the wholeness of life.

    — RABINDRANATH TAGORE

    He who has nothing can give nothing. The gift is
    God’s — to God. — DAG HAMMARSKJÖLD


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    July 28, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Jacob Boehme

    All is in the will. — JACOB BOEHME

    In archery among men a firm position must be assumed, and in the pursuit of truth, this firm position must be taken up and not relaxed, if the object in view is to be ever attained. — W. Q. JUDGE


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    July 27, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Jacob Boehme

    Just as the physical body requires incessant attention to prevent the entrance of a disease, so also the inner man requires an unremitting watch, so that no conscious or unconscious thought may attract atoms unsuited to its progress.

    — D. K. MAVALANKAR


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    July 26, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Death and Immortality

    Verily man is formed of Will; according as man’s will is, in this world,
    according to that is his being on going forth hence. Let him perform his will.
    — CHANDOGYA UPANISHAD

    Each of us carries his own life form, an indeterminable form
    which cannot be superseded by any other. — CARL JUNG


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    July 25 , 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Death and Immortality
    We would willingly have others perfect, and yet we amend not our own faults. We will have others severely corrected, and will not be corrected ourselves. — THOMAS à KEMPIS

    Kill love of life; but if thou slayest Tanha, let this not be for thirst of life eternal, but to replace the fleeting by the everlasting.

    — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE

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    July 24, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Death and Immortality
    And when after having divested thyself of the mortal body, thou arrivest in the most pure Aether, thou shalt be a God, immortal, incorruptible.
    — PYTHAGORAS

    Death cannot kill what never dies. Nor can spirits ever be divided that love and
    live in the same Divine Principle, the root and record of their friendship.
    — WILLIAM PENN

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